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- Car rookie Karl Massaad signs for Double R in F4 British Championship.
- Karting champion joins Linus Lundqvist at multiple race-winning team.
- Massaad makes history as first Lebanese driver to compete in British F4.
16 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Lebanese karting champion Karl Massaad is officially confirmed as the second driver signing of 2017 for Double R Racing’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford squad, with just over six weeks to go until the start of the new season.
The 18-year-old from Beirut, who was born in Los Angeles in the USA and is now based in London where he is studying at the Hult International Business School, becomes the first Lebanese national to compete in the UK’s FIA sanctioned Formula 4 category. He arrives in the championship as a genuine car racing rookie with only a few days of testing under his belt thus far.
Regardless of his lack of experience in single-seaters, Massaad has performed well up to now at the wheel of Double R’s Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 car. In officially timed pre-season testing at Oulton Park earlier this month, in changeable conditions, he lapped inside the top 10 and within 0.4 seconds of more experienced new team-mate Linus Lundqvist.
“Karl is a mature and smart driver and certainly has the potential to go a long way in single-seater racing from what we have seen so far”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt. “He’s only had a very limited amount of time in the car up to now but has made significant progress.
“He’s a great young talent to work with and actually reminds me very much of a young Carlos Heurtas [former Formula BMW and British Formula 3 racer with Double R]. We’re sure Karl is going to be a driver to watch as the season unfolds. We’ve got high hopes for him.”
Massaad, whose career is guided by Middle East Motorsports Management, started out karting in Lebanon in 2011 before progressing up through the X30 Super Shifter ranks on the European and World Championship stage.
He arrives in the F4 British Championship off the back of his most successful karting season by far last year, having become 2016 Lebanese X30 Super Shifter Champion with a remarkable 100 per cent tally of race wins. Massaad also received the FIA Young Driver International Seminar award, finished third in the X30 Super Shifter European Championship and fifth in the World Championship.
Looking ahead to his maiden season in British F4, Massaad said: “Being my first year in cars, I want to get up to speed as quickly as possible and hopefully push for the top five in the championship. That would be amazing.
“For sure, I want to try to take two or three podiums and then my aim is to try to move into F3 the year after. I’ve only had six days of testing so far, but it’s gone well and I’m quite confident for the season. It’s amazing to be working with a team like Double R in my first season in cars.”
Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent will host the opening three races of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season over the weekend 1/2 April. The UK’s most competitive single-seater series stars on the live-televised TOCA package alongside the BTCC.